Most Read News, August 8 – 14, 2016

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WH Official: Trump’s Criticism of Black Congressman is Not Racist

first_imgMulvaney added that Trump would criticize any lawmaker, no matter the person’s race, if he felt the person spoke unfairly about his policies.According to Mulvaney, “It has absolutely zero to do with race. This is what the president does. He fights, and he’s not wrong to do so.”Meanwhile, Cummings responded:Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019 A top White House aide turned to the Sunday TV talk show circuit to defend President Trump’s tweets about a black Democratic congressman and his Baltimore district as a response that was justified, based on the lawmaker’s recent criticism of administration border policies.Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney stated on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s comments were not racist, but instead a reaction to what the President perceives to be inaccurate statements made by Representative Elijah Cummings regarding conditions in which children are allegedly being held in detention at the U.S.-Mexico border.At a hearing last week, Cummings accused a top official in the Trump Administration of wrongly calling reports of filthy, overcrowded border facilities “unsubstantiated.”In response, Mulvaney says, “When the president hears lies like that, he’s going to fight back.”President Trump also responded over the weekend, tweeting: Cummings serves as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, says that Trump was “right to raise” the challenges that Cummings’ district faces at the same time that Cummings and other Democrats are “chasing down” the Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and pursuing “this bizarre impeachment crusade.”The chief of staff also told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he can understand why some people view the President’s comments as racist, “but that doesn’t mean that it is racist. The president is pushing back against what he sees is wrong,” he added. “It’s how he’s done it in the past and he’ll continue to do it in the future.”last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University’s New Plaza and Courtyard

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffery B. Glander and AssociatesThe need to replace aging infrastructure and improve drainage created the opportunity for a new, more sustainable campus plaza and courtyard. Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates and SCJ Alliance designed this project to include a new outdoor space that provides both meditative garden areas for the monks at St. Martin’s Abbey, and arrival way finding for visitors to the admissions office of St. Martin’s University. Old asphalt driveways and sidewalks were replaced with over 34,000 s.f. of new, colorful architectural concrete and pervious turf paving fire lanes.A tiered fountain water feature and the University logo embedded in granite paving highlight entry to “Old Main” and the school offices. Visitor parking is directed off-site to create a truly pedestrian only atmosphere for the plaza environment. Other design features include a 300 foot long brick wall with arched “windows” between the monastery and campus areas, extensive landscape renovation, drainage improvements, site and landscape lighting and new pedestrian pathways. This project recently won the WACA Excellence in Construction award for the Architectural/Decorative Concrete category.last_img read more